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sparky723

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I have a 25' 2000 KZ Sportsman travel trailer.

I was at a campground about a month ago and went across the grounds to visit with another camper. When I was walking back, I looked at my camper and noticed how well you could see the filth on top on it.
I took it to a self serve car wash and got on top using a ladder with the high pressure wand. The wand seemed to knock the crud (it was BLACK!) off, but even at 25', I realized the $6 I had already spent on it was just a VERY small portion of what I was gonna have to spend to get the results I want.
My question is this...Does anybody have an easy method to get this job done?

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Don't look so high?


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Home Depot pressure washers

You can find them from $90 to about $150 that will get the job done in a short time. Yes $6 for 6 minutes is a bit steep.

Don't get the pressure nozel to close to the surface being cleaned. You only want to remove the dirt, not roof. Practice on your sidewalk and car first. Yes the pressure washer will remove the wax layer, and leave the car shiny! You should wax it later.

When you get tired of the EPDM roof that leaves white streaks on the sidewall, you can coa it with this two part EPDM roof coating. Easy to apply with a paint brush, roller to smooth it out, and you are done!

http://epdmcoatings.com/rv_roof_repair.html

There are a couple of good video's on the website. I think that this coating will be more durable, and not flaking like the original roof coating.

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There are probably easier ways, but I get on top of mine about once a year with a bucket and a brush, and the water hose.

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salem wrote:

There are probably easier ways, but I get on top of mine about once a year with a bucket and a brush, and the water hose.


Same here except I did it 3 times this past year. The manual for my trailers roofing membrane says use a mild household soap like Murphy's Oil Soap which by the way does not have any petroleum in it. I used car wash liquid soap which is very mild on ours and a long handle soft bristle brush. I guess the main thing is do it often and you won't need anything strong to remove the dirt.

By the way to the OP you want to make sure you don't get that pressure nozzle to close to your roof caulking or you could cause more problems trying to clean it than what just leaving the dirty roof alone would cause.




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Welcome to the Forum Sparky!I'm a fan of ProtectAll Roof Cleaner. The reason I like it, is that you spray a small area, scrub it and use a clean rag to wipe up the dirty foam. Nothing slopping over the sides, messing up your wax job. It takes a few hours, but is well worth the effort. Good luck on your project. Also, be carefull about using a car wash wand up there, it can actually cut through the EPDM roofing.


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alpenliter wrote:

Welcome to the Forum Sparky!I'm a fan of ProtectAll Roof Cleaner. The reason I like it, is that you spray a small area, scrub it and use a clean rag to wipe up the dirty foam. Nothing slopping over the sides, messing up your wax job. It takes a few hours, but is well worth the effort. Good luck on your project. Also, be carefull about using a car wash wand up there, it can actually cut through the EPDM roofing.


I do the same as well - except 2 times per year (re: every 6 months). re: using Protect-All roof cleaner and their roof treatment (which goes on like milk).

For me, I never walk on my TT's roof. I slip on some soft padded kneed pads, remove my running shoes and crawl on "all 4s" (staying near the edge) - just like hand scrubing our kitchen floor. Works great for my TT as well...

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Fun thing, I just washed the motor home yesterday morning. Man was it dirty. last done 6 months ago. Now I've got to put on a coat of protectal UV protectant. Then it's wash and wax the rest of it.

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I HOPE you were lucky and didn't remove your caulking with the high pressure water. REALLY not a good idea to use them on your roof. I'll take a dirty roof to a leaky one. I've always followed the manufacturers suggestion and used a soft brush and mild detergent on mine.


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Spic n span (powder) and soft brush with long handle is what I use on my 26.5 foot Dutchmen, gets it really clean


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